Tribute paid to East Kilbride Sports Club stalwart Pat Harrow

Tribute has been paid to East Kilbride Sports Club stalwart Pat Harrow, who has passed away aged 85.

Sports Club chairman Gordon Caffrey says Pat, “who had one of the most infectious laughs in the world” will be sadly missed and will leave a massive void in the East Kilbride sporting scene.

Gordon said that Pat, who lived in St Leonards, threw her “heart and soul into everything” and was a “real salt of the earth type”, in a touching tribute to his long-time friend and colleague.

He said: “I’ve known Pat since I was five, we lived in the same street, and anything to do with sport she was involved with.

“Pat was fantastic. She was involved in the sports club, originally on the tennis side – she was a tennis player for decades and she worked on the Sports Club committee for decades.

Pat helped the tennis section at the club for many years
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“She really was a stalwart of the club, for a very long time.

“Pat was a really pleasant person, she treated everyone the same and would help anyone – she would do anything she could for anyone.

“On the committee she did that; her work with the kids, getting them involved, was fantastic, and she was just one of those community-minded people that had time for everyone.

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“Pat was very well known in East Kilbride, everybody knew Pat.

“She had one of the most infectious laughs in the world – you knew when Pat was in the room.

“She was quite the person, quite the character, and she will be missed by all who knew her.”

Gordon Caffrey paid tribute to Pat
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Gordon has also revealed that East Kilbride Sports Club will mark Pat’s passing at the club when Covid restrictions ease and it is safe to do so.

He added: “We would have been holding some form of memorial event for Pat in the club, because of the work that she did, but circumstances mean we simply can’t do that.

“But there will be some form of recognition when we finally get back to the sports club.”

Pat is survived by her four sons Ian, Alan, Graham and Stuart.

Her funeral was held on Tuesday at South Lanarkshire Crematorium in line with Scottish Government Covid guidelines.

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